This summer, Kelly Steffen, a high school social studies teacher from Vinton-Shellsburg High School, will travel to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg, PA to attend a week long professional development seminar entitled “Gettysburg: History and Memory.”

Led by renowned historian Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College, the rigorous seminar will explore the experiences of soldiers and civilians and gain an understanding of the battlefield itself, participants will come to know Gettysburg as a hinge event in the development of American democracy

Kelly will join 1,000 other K–12 teachers, library educators, and National Park Service interpreters–representing 48 states and the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and an Armed Forces Americas School, as well as Australia, the Dominican Republic, Russia, South Africa, and Taiwan—who were selected in a competitive process by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Held at colleges and historic sites across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the seminar will include daily programs with leading historians, visits to local historic sites, and hands-on work with primary source documents provided by their professor and the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Full room and board and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants.

“I am looking forward to spending time with fellow educators on land that played such a key role in our history. What I learn this week will then be shared with my students. The Gilder Lehrman organization provides teachers with so many resources and I feel fortunate that they are providing this hands on learning for teachers,” said Steffen.

Among the locations hosting 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars are Yale University, the University of Virginia, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh, Gettysburg College, Oxford University, and the National World War II Museum.

“Gettysburg: History and Memory ” is one of 30 seminars being held this summer for K–12 teachers by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 20,000 educators have participated in Institute’s prestigious Teacher Seminars.

More information about this seminar and a complete list of the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars are available at

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 education while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.